DeSSA assessment (reading) by grade and race/ethnicity in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

We need to be sure that future leaders have the skills required to tackle the problems of tomorrow. Future success in life is directly related to a person's breadth of knowledge and ability to think, learn and communicate. Education plays a primary role in equipping young people with the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences for achievement. School testing programs, such as math and reading assessments, are tools to measure student academic achievement. Just as we need many different gauges, windows and mirrors as drivers, education needs a dashboard approach to assessment to provide multiple ways of monitoring and improving.
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Students meeting the standard

NA means the value was suppressed to protect individual student privacy. For more information about the Delaware Department of Education's redaction strategy, please go to

Data Source: Delaware Department of Education

Footnotes: In the 2014-15 school year, Delaware’s assessment program was renamed the Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA). DeSSA assessments include Smarter English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics assessments, also known as Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Data last updated 02/2020